BA (Hons) History
MA History (Public History and Heritage)

Research & Editorial Assistant/Project Manager

"I enjoyed many things about studying for a BA and MA at Manchester Met, such as meeting new and interesting people and the wide range of topics available to study"

What is your current role and what are your main responsibilities?

I’m currently working as a freelance research and editorial assistant and a project manager/training leader. As an editorial assistant, I prepare academic manuscripts for publication. This is a complex and varied role, which includes multiple tasks, such as proof-reading, copy-editing, checking references, ensuring the manuscripts – and their constituent elements – are presented according to the appropriate (publisher-specific) style, indexing and producing bibliographies. As a project manager/training leader, I research the historical and archaeological background of the Morecambe Bay area and have designed, implement and deliver a community heritage volunteer training programme and associated materials.

What did you enjoy most about your degree and why?

I enjoyed many things about studying for a BA and MA at Manchester Met, such as meeting new and interesting people and the wide range of topics available to study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, but I most enjoyed being able to study in an environment which encourages pushing yourself whilst recognising that most people have many commitments alongside studying. It is a difficult balance to strike, but I found that tutors were always willing to offer help and advice on how to improve whilst also being extremely accommodating when circumstances out of your control get in the way.

What key skills did your degree help you gain?

Research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, literature reviews, organisation, time management, interviewing and transcription (oral history).

Did you do a placement? If so, who was it with and how important do you think it is that students undertake a placement?

Yes, in both my BA and MA. My BA placement was organised through the History in Practice unit and I spent one day a week in the archives of the Museum of Science and Industry. During my MA, I undertook a placement in Manchester Museum’s development team. I think it is vitally important for students to gain real-world experience through placements and internships during their studies as this helps fill their CV, improving employment opportunities after graduation and also gives students an idea of what they may/may not like to do as a future career.

What is your top tip for other students looking to study your degree course at Manchester Metropolitan University?

Make the most of your lecturers/tutors – they are a wonderful source of knowledge and support. They can often offer advice on subjects such as placements, upcoming events or projects and further study/careers as well as your next essay, so take advantage!

Please complete this sentence: ‘I’m inspired by…’

I’m inspired by the excellent staff that run the history/heritage courses at Manchester Met.

In one sentence, please describe what you loved most about Man Met:

The thing I loved most about Manchester Met was its inclusive feel – staff go out of their way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your studies.